President Trump’s deployment of federal forces in Portland & potentially more US cities is reprehensible. AG Barr, @EsperDoD, @DHS_Wolf & @SecBernhardt should not allow their troops & agents to be used against people exercising their right to protest. https://t.co/ZmO0ImjLcE— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) July 29, 2020
Much as I admire Elizabeth Warren, I have to say this is not the wisest course of action. Drawing attention to Trump's abuses of power outside a Senate hearing or resolution on the Senate floor is just giving him the attention he craves. I don't doubt the mayor of Portland is right and the withdrawals are coming (if they haven't already started), but giving Trump an excuse to "show 'em who's boss" is not a genius move.
Especially since, with the exception of Secretary Esper, the rest of the Cabinet is either cowed by Trump, or is Ben Carson (Idiot) or Mike Pompeo (Delusions of Grandeur and Surviving Trump).
Leave Trump alone; he's already bored, he's already walked away from the table. Read the signs, and try for something a bit less like a really stupid and futile gesture, next time.
And he's already setting up to declare victory:
...do not stop the Crime and Violence from the Anarchists and Agitators immediately, the Federal Government will go in and do the job that local law enforcement was supposed to do!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2020
As usual for Trump, reality be damned! Nobody's really paying attention to Portland anyway, so he can leave and claim he won.
Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf says governor of Oregon's tweet claiming federal forces will imminently leave Portland is false: "We are not leaving Portland until we are assured that that courthouse is safe & secure. We will continue to keep law enforcement officers in the area." pic.twitter.com/eTpVtG7uSk— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 29, 2020
Same. Trying to be sure they claim victory on their terms, not the Mayor's. Wait and see.